Huge haul of Easter eggs for children
Ashford Leisure Trust’s Easter promotion resulted in nearly 70 Easter eggs being donated for children based at the Caldecott Foundation in Smeeth, near Ashford.
The foundation cares for some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people, many of whom have experienced multiple placement breakdowns and a traumatic childhood.
Customers taking out a membership at the Stour Centre and Julie Rose Stadium during the run-up to Easter were asked to donate an Easter egg instead of paying the usual joining fee.
The eggs were delivered to the home on Thursday, April 13 where they were presented to Karin Moncrieff the foundation’s fundraising manager. Karin said: “We were absolutely thrilled to receive such a wonderful number of eggs from the efforts of the staff at Ashford Leisure Trust for the children in our care to enjoy over Easter. Thank you all so much for your support which we do so much appreciate.” An annual car fun run and treasure hunt across Ashford raised £1,000 for the Pilgrims Hospice.
Thirty-five cars took part in the rally on Sunday, April 2.
It started from the Sandyacres sports club in Sandyhurst Lane and was organised by Cliff Boulton to raise funds for the hospice in memory of his son, Mark.
Mark Boulton, who died of cancer at the Pilgrims Hospice in 2014, was a classic car enthusiast who would have been 50 this year.
Mr Boulton said: “Entrants were given voluntary donation envelopes for the hospice. At least 10 people that could not attend donated anyway. The final total raised was £923.20 which I thought was a fantastic amount.”
He later attended a meeting of the Ashford & Faversham MG Owners Club where he was presented with a further cheque for £76.80, rounding up the total raised to £1,000.
Mr Boulton welcomes the cars including this 1934 Sports Saloon Bentley
The Caldecott Foundation’s fundraising manager Karin Moncrieff